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Verena Andrea Prenner is a visual artist and sociologist born and raised in Austria.

She finished her Master in Sociology at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz with a thesis titled “Heaven on Earth – Sex workers in the field of tension between social stigma and necessary service”. It comprised an interview and photography series with sex workers in brothels in the Viennese red light district.

For her artistic work, she undertakes long-lasting sociological field researches f.e. in Refugee Camps in the Middle East or in Central Africa, and deals with different fringe groups, as edges are known to define the middle. The main interest in her sociological research is the question "In which ways do various social, cultural, historical, or political frameworks and environments shape individuals?"

To express her individual reflections or views on societies in form of stage settings, she still uses the technic of traditional analogue photography and works with non-professional volunteers or casual passers-by.

In 2021 she received an Art Award for the artistic and cultural examination of  human dignity from the State of Lower Austria.

For further information or inquiries please drop a line

contact@verenaprenner.com

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

OKAPI (S) - Galerie Reinthaler, Vienna, Austria I Thinking the Future (G) FOTOTECA Siracusana, Sicily, Italy  I  Resting Bitch Face (G) - Galerie Reinthaler, Vienna, Austria I  Camping (S)  - Next Comic Festival, Linz / Donau, Austria  I  Europe Now (S) - galeriekrems, Krems / Donau, Austria  Cointained / Murs et Frontières (G) - L' Ancien Musée de Peinture, Grenoble, France  I  Somewhere in the world - Lower Austrian - African Encounters (G) - Forum Frohner, Krems / Donau, Austria  I  Heterotopia (G) - Galerie Reinthaler, Vienna, Austria  I  Eating pineapples on the moon (G) Month of Photography Riga, Estonia  Blind Snake (S) Month of Photography Belgrade, Serbia I  Camping / Aa Collection (F)- ART VIENNA, International Art Fair, Hofburg, Vienna, Austria  I Bodies and Inhabitants (G) - Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna, Austria Europe Now / Austrian Days (G) - DNI AUSTRII, Gdansk, Poland  I  Contained (S) - OBSCURA Festival of Photography, Georg Town, Malaysia  I  I need space (G) - Aa Collection, Vienna, Austria  I  Reclaiming our Cultural Future (G) - Wolverhampton Archive Centre, UK  I  Reclaiming our Cultural Future (G) - Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, UK  I  365 (G)- Dessous, Vienna, Austria  I  It is behind our borders (S)- Vitrine, Galerie Reinthaler, Vienna, Austria  Zeitgeist (G) - Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales  I  Europe Now (F) - NORDART 2017,  Büddlesdorf, Germany  I  Zeitgeist (G) - Diffusion Photo Festival, Cardiff, Wales  I  Reclaiming our Cultural Landscapes (G) - Birmingham Art Museum, Birmingham, UK  I  Reclaiming our Cultural Landscapes (G) Wolverhampton Art Gallery, WH, UK  I   Mass Tourism (G) - Galerija Decumanus, Krk, Croatia  I  Iconic Noise (G) - MASC Foundation, Vienna, Austria  I  The measure of all things: Rethinking humanism through Art (G) University of Buffalo, New York, USA  I   Happiness, a place under the sun (G) Encontros da Imagem Photo Festival, Braga, Portugal  I  Habitus (G) - Ein Areal Gallery, Wuppertal, Germany  I  Contained  (S) - Chennai Photobiennale, Chennai, India  I  Contained - Delhi Photo Festival, New Delhi, India  I  Dump your Superhereos (G) - Medienkulturhaus, Wels, Austria  I  Anthropomorph (S) - Бартcелона Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia  I  Travelers (G) - Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece  I  The hairy woman (S) - Grand Petit Galerie, Linz,  Austria 

(S) Solo I  (G)  Group  I  (F) Artfair

Various projects, work stays and exhibitions were kindly founded by:

The Austrian Federal Chancellery  I  The Austrian Cultural Forum in Paris, France  I  The Austrian Cultural Forum in Belgrade, Serbia  I  The Government of Lower Austria  I  The Government of Upper Austria  I  The City of Linz  as well as by private collectors.  Thank you.

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